Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry's top tech writers. This week's pick previews a new way to fly.

"A V-shaped airliner that seats passengers in the wings instead of a central fuselage could make long-distance air travel more sustainable," said Denise Chow at NBC News. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is funding the development of a fuel-efficient airplane that places the passengers, fuel, and cargo into the flying V's arms.

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That setup is said to enable it to use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350 while still carrying the same number of passengers. R. John Hansman, a professor of aeronautics at MIT, said that similar proposals had run into problems. But Justus Benad, who came up with the concept as a college student in 2015, said that it will take "people who are passionate about new designs to make an investment and really research more" to find out if it's feasible.